BoBfest - The Regional Gathering of Amateur Astronomers

Exhibits and Activities During BoBfest Saturday

8:30am - 3:45pm Hallway
Astronomy Clubs and Event Exhibits

We have several different astronomy organizations spread across North and South Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. Check the hallways for any displays and information from these clubs. Listen for club announcements and activities in the Main Event Room at times shown in the schedule.

8:30am - 3:00pm Room 7
Barre Spencer Astrophotography Contest

Are you an astrophotographer? Do you paint or draw the sky or celestial objects? Bring your work and display it at BoBfest!
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8:30am - 3:00pm Room 9
Astronomical Images and Simulations Frank Westmoreland

Frank Westmoreland Astronomical Images and Simulations
Frank is a photographer specializing in astronomical images with only a camera. He creates photographic simulations that are very convincing when view with special binoculars. Frank is a member of six different astronomy clubs across North Carolina.

9:00am - 4:00pm Nearby
Harper House/Hickory History Center

A short walk from BoBfest. Tours on the hour from 10 to 3. $5 to tour Harper House
Harper House

9:00am - 5:00pm SALT Block Campus
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located in the SALT Block adjacent to BoBfest. The library offers materials for all ages, public internet workstations and wireless internet access, adult and childrens programming, extensive reference sources, and an in depth local history collection.
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10:00am - 4:00pm Catawba Science Center
Aquarium, Planetarium, Science Hall, Exhibits

Catawba Science Center is part of the SALT Block (Science, Arts, and Learning Together) and is pleased to host BoBfest! The campus is the old Hickory High School and offers hands on exhibits, planetarium, and aquarium. Admission Feb 2 is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE to BoBfest attendees.
Catawba Science Center

10:00am - 1:00pm Room 1
Family Science Events by Catawba Science Center

We know the talks and activities might wear thin on the youngest astronomers. The Family Science Events offer several hands-on experiences for kids of all ages. Hosted by Catawba Science Center Staff and Volunteers
Catawba Science Center

10:00am - 4:00pm SALT Block Campus
Hickory Museum of Art

See American art, Southern folk art and changing exhibitions.General admission to Hickory Museum of Art is FREE; however, we always welcome contributions in any amount!
Hickory Museum of Art

10:45am - 11:15am Millholland Planetarium
Oasis In Space

Catawba Science Center

11:30am - 1:00pm Outside
Solar Observing Weather Permitting John O'Neal and others

Solar Viewing in multiple wavelengths for the April 8th, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. View the Sun through safe solar filters! White light, Hydrogen Alpha, Calcium K, and more!
John O'Neal has been an avid AMATEUR ASTRONOMER and astrophotographer for over 45 years. He has been a NASA Solar System Ambassador for several years. John belongs to several Amateur Astronomy Clubs/Associations around his home in Statesville, NC. He is also Co-Founder of the facebook group, SOLARACTIVITY which boasts a 25,000 strong membership worldwide. He has authored numerous tutorials on solar imaging as well as equipment reviews and is a Contributing Editor of Astronomy Technology Today and an Associate Editor for Amateur Astronomy Magazine, where he writes recurring articles on Solar Activity..

Since retiring, John and his lovely wife, Dorothy have taken to traveling and he has given countless presentations to the general public and to amateur and pro astronomers across the U.S.A: including the Terrestrial Earth Sciences Seminar in Indiana, at SOLARFEST in Missouri, at The Regional Gathering of Amateur Astronomers, in NC, at The North East Astro Imaging Conference or NEAIC, in NY, at The Okie-Tex Star Party, the Peach State Star Gaze in Georgia, at The Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys and at the Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club, The Piedmont Astronomers, The Asheville Astronomers and the Greensboro Astronomy Clubs in North Carolina. You can visit John's website at.

11:45am - 12:15pm Millholland Planetarium

Catawba Science Center

1:00pm - 1:30pm Millholland Planetarium
From Earth To The Universe

Catawba Science Center

2:00pm - 2:30pm Millholland Planetarium
Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

Catawba Science Center

3:00pm - 3:30pm Millholland Planetarium
Stars: Powerhouse Of The Universe

Catawba Science Center

4:30pm - Main Event Room
Closing Remarks BoB Eskridge

Closing Remarks
BoB Eskridge is THE BoB in BoBfest!